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Improved governance necessary to address anti-minority sentiment By Jehan Perera

11 Oct 2010 --- Oct. 11, 2010 - Jehan Perera, executive director of the National Peace Council of Sri Lanka in Colombo / Rick Westhead 20101023; ONT; News; A26 -- Jehan Perera of the National Peace Council of Sri Lanka in Colombo has seen the dismal conditions that refugees to Canada face if they are sent back.  Rick Westhead/Toronto Star (Credit Image: © The Toronto Star/ --- Image by © Rick Westhead/ZUMA Press/Corbis

  The great hopes of a leap forward to a new era that came with the end of the war have now been dispelled. The anticipated prosperity and inter-ethnic reconciliation that was expected to be Sri Lanka’s after the war has still not materialized. The continuing bailouts of loss making government enterprises and the impeachment of the Chief Justice are ...

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Norway, Islam and the threat of the West. By Ibrahim Hewitt

Dismissing this murderous act as the work of "a lone madman" ignores a more detailed study of the killer's motivation. A few years ago, the respected Cambridge scholar T J Winter, also known by his Muslim name of Abdal Hakim Murad, gave a fascinating lecture to Humanities staff and students at the University of Leicester. The title was "Islam and the threat of ...

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Islamic Identity and the Two Faces of the West, By Dr. M.A. Muqtedar Khan

The contemporary resurgence of Islam and the growth of Islam in the West together have profound implications for what being a Muslim means today. The resurgence of Islam is essentially a search for authenticity, an attempt to reconstruct the Islamic identity within the contemporary context. And that contemporary context remains within the purview of Western influence. Muslim intellectuals and thinkers ...

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The Post-war Quagmire, By Dr. Ameer Ali

The Sino-Indian Geo-political Trap Sri Lanka’s political foolhardiness in its inability to solve peacefully its domestic ethnic minority issue over the last fifty or so years, as an independent sovereign nation state has, as a consequence of a bitterly fought civil war, pulled her into the vortex of a new geo-political game played amongst India, the United States and China ...

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War crimes and Web of deception, By Ameen Izzadeen

Hats off to for revealing the murderous character of the United States' war in Afghanistan though one does not know why its sources decided to reveal those top secret documents. WikiLeaks, the website that allows whistleblowers to post documents that expose corruption in governments, non-governmental organisations and transnational companies, made headlines once again this week when it announced that ...

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Islamophobia, By Maithri Goonetilleke

I have become increasingly alarmed at just how deeply entrenched Islamophobic views have become within our culture. It seems that many of us have stopped seeking to differentiate between the teachings of a religion and the actions of a few extremists or certain governmental/political regimes. I have often written on these pages that if I have a religion, then it ...

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Losing Kashmir, By Robert Grenier

As we await what many hope will be the start, on July 15, of a renewed India-Pakistan peace process, or "Composite Dialogue" – derailed since the Mumbai attacks of November 2008 – I am reminded of two past conversations. The first occurred in 1999. In a meeting with a senior Pakistani official, the topic came around, as it usually did, ...

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The state of Israel cannot survive for long,By Christopher Bollyn

  Christopher Bollyn is an American journalist and researcher. He is widely known for his extensive researches on the September 11, 2001 attacks which reveal that Israel has been complicit in planning and carrying out the terrorist attacks that cost the lives of 2,976 victims and left more than 6,000 injured. The U.S. government under ex-President Bush introduced the paramilitary ...

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